Jobs for Rent follows the emotional and financial journeys of three 20-somethings establishing their careers during an economic and generational time when instability is the only sure thing. Relate to the overachieving lawyer, struggling artist and wandering Starbucks barista as they each grabble between passion and practicality.
The Starbucks barista's journey involves her deciding between stability in receiving health insurance for working part-time hours and finding a new endeavor where, in her words, she can "be creative" and "work with people".
The lawyer works for a boutique law firm, as an underpaid associate. She struggles between paying off $160,000 in law school loans and her underpaid job, all the while training as a competitive track runner for the Beijing Olympic Games in the women's 10k.
The artist, a fine art painter who focuses on painting images of hands, needs to leave his art world to focus on achieving a nine-to-five job. He begins his jaunt, trying to find steady employment - in anything: mural painting, "ghost painting" for another "artist", as a bike messenger, teaching figure drawing, driving a hearse, working in construction, working on a train, bartending, working for underprivileged kids. You name it, he mentions it.
Will the lawyer find a higher paying law firm job and have to give up on her dream of competing in the Olymipcs? Will the barista quit Starbucks in exchange for a more favorable job? Will the artist find a nine-to-five and leave painting for good? The Jobs for Rent journey may lead them in the right direction.